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Our club was literally whacked by an enormous fee increase despite protesting to the council which was reported in the local papers. We are indebted to Chris Gamlin from Glenorie for organizing the newspaper reporters to investigate.
and report on the situation. The reason that e had to raise our fees so high in 2013 was that our hall hire fees are the highest in the northern area after Council jacked up the fees for hiring the hall.
Jul 9, 2013 ... CHERRYBROOK Table Tennis Club is among the groups tapping into a debate over Hornsby Council's "very, very unfair" room hire fees.
Jul 9, 2013 ... CHERRYBROOK Table Tennis Club is among the groups tapping into a debate over Hornsby Council's "very, very unfair" room hire fees. www.hawkesburygazette.com.au/story/1623172/
Club Slams Rent Rise - Press Feeder
CHERRYBROOK Table Tennis Club fears it will be priced out of its community centre after a hike in Hornsby Council’s hall hire fees.
Since moving to the facility the club’s hall use has jumped from $22 to $31 an hour and storage fees from $55 to $100 a month.
As the club uses the facility for six hours a week, it costs the club $211 a week.
The club has between 20 and 30 members who play on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
As membership fees go to Table Tennis NSW, the club only makes profits from its nightly fees, which are put towards the upkeep of the club equipment.
“When they increase prices by that much, it’s hard to survive,” Cherrybrook Table Tennis Club president Chee Yow said.
“Our numbers of players drop off when we have to raise the fees.”
A Hornsby Shire Council spokesman defended the fee increases, saying that there had been years in which the prices had not increased.
“The fees and charges are set by the Cherrybrook Community Centre Management Committee, which manages the centre’s affairs on behalf of council,” the spokesman said.
“Groups that use the centre are represented on the committee and are very much involved in the decision-making process.
“The committee does not always recommend an increase to the fees.
“For instance, there was no increase in 2006/07, 2008/09 and 2010/11.”
The spokesman said there were no plans to increase fees again in the upcoming 2013/14 financial year.
Hornsby Shire Council also said it was also possible for a reduction in fees or to have the fees waived due to certain conditions.
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